Party Constitution of the
Australian Sovereignty Party.
NAME, PURPOSE AND MEMBERSHIP
The name of this organisation shall be “Australian Sovereignty Party”, also referred to as “the Party”.
For electoral purposes only, the Party may be referred to by another name, or abbreviated, containing the essence of the original name – i.e., “Sovereignty Party Australia” (SPA), “Sovereignty Party” (SP), etc.
B. General Purposes.
The party shall work to meet the expectations of reasonable men and women, in discharging their obligations and exercising their rights and liberties to make their decisions in full possession of all the relevant facts.
C. Aims & Objectives
a) To advocate and lobby for the concept and introduction of an “honest money system”;
b) To advocate and lobby for the introduction of a “fair tax”;
c) To protect our natural rights, and ensure that natural justice is practiced and upheld, with the introduction of an Australian Bill of Rights to be built into our federal constitution;
d) To move Australia’s legal system towards a system focused on justice, rather than the letter of the law;
e) To advocate and lobby for a small and efficient government, the eradication of much red-tape, and to allow for private enterprise and the market to work with minimal government intervention;
f) To implement processes and procedures that will prevent and filter out corruption in government, and to allow for greater transparency in all bureaucracies;
g) To focus on policies and initiatives that will protect and improve the environment;
h) To advocate and lobby for a public health system that is inclusive of natural and alternative therapies, encouraging a preventative approach to public health that includes promotion of healthy diet and nutrition, and avoidance of toxic and immune harming substances, and to introduce a system of honest and transparent disclosure pertaining to the use of all pharmaceutical products.
i) To ensure that our over-all approach and philosophies are consistent with a democratic, sovereign nation, that will not allow for offshore interests, including but not restricted to the UN, WTO, and WHO, to hold undue influence over Australia’s affairs. We will aim to protect, and maintain, our nation’s sovereignty, and revise any international treaties/ agreements that infringe on our nation’s sovereignty, affairs, and our way of life.
D. Political responsibilities
The Party shall nominate and support the election of Party candidates to Parliament, promote and uphold the principles set forth in the Party Principles, and perform Party functions set forth in the election laws of Australia and the Constitution and Bylaws of the Party.
General Party membership is open to any person who is eligible to vote in an Australian Federal election and who endorses the general purposes and aims and objectives (above) of the Party.
a) Australian citizens who are not registered with the AEC or who are not eligible to vote, permanent and temporary residents, and foreigners are permitted to join the ASP as an affiliate member;
b) Affiliate Members will not have Party voting rights;
c) Affiliate Members will not be considered members for purposes, requirements and obligations under the Australian Electoral Commission unless their status changes and apply for full membership;
a) By the State or Regional Party Division.
Any Bylaw adopted or modified by the State or Regional Party Branch shall be binding to just that State or Regional Branch and in full force and effect when adopted by a 60% vote of the State or Regional members that vote.
b) By the State or Regional Convention.
Alternatively, should a State or Regional Party convention be held, then the delegates to that Convention may adopt or modify a by a 60% vote of those present.
A. Party Officers.
The Party shall have both a Federal Party and State or Regional Party divisions. (A “Region” being defined as a Territory of the Commonwealth or substantial portion of a state with a common community of interest)
Initially, The Federal Party shall make all decisions for each State or Region until such time as a State or Region obtains 100 members. When a State or Regional Party Division reaches 100 members, it can begin to operate separately & in cooperation with the Federal Executive Council.
No one can be a State or Regional member and not a Federal member as well.
A member’s State or Regional membership is decided by where their State or Region Electoral home address is.
Officers of both the Federal and any State or Regional Party Division shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. These four persons shall be known as the Executive Officers and their term of office will be two years.
The Federal Executive Council may create additional positions (e.g. State or Regional representatives, additional Committee members) on the Federal Executive Council as it may see fit to assist in the work of the Executive and such positions shall be filled by either:
All meetings (Federal and State or Regional) shall, for the most part, be conducted by email with all members entitled to vote and voting done by email within a three day return date. At least two officers will check all email votes before announcing any decisions to members. Party members may be on the Executive of both the Federal Party and a State or Regional party Division.
B. Duties of Executive Officers.
C. Election of Officers.
D. Replacement of Officers.
Should an Executive member no longer be a Party member, then they have automatically resigned from the Executive the day their Party membership has ceased.
New office candidates require a nominator and a seconder.
Previous officers require a nominator only.
DECIDING PARTY POLICY
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) shall be the governing and “broad” policy-making body of the Party. The Federal Executive Council may use email discussions, web sites, blogs & member votes as indicators to determine the party’s broad policies on any issues it believes should be decided.
Only in exceptional circumstances and after liaising between all elected representatives and the Federal Executive Council, culminating in a majority vote, will a conscience vote be permitted.
It will be up to any Executive Council if and when that Executive Council should make a decision on policy and when that Executive Council should ask the Party members to vote.
Decisions on policy and direction/image must be guided by the following principles;
A person shall become a Full member of the party once they agree via electronic or written form:
Upon receiving a membership application and membership fee, the Federal Executive Council, or the relevant State or Regional Executive Council, if so delegated by the Federal Executive Council, has 30 days to decide if they will reject a membership application. If the person has not been notified of a rejection before the 28 days expires, they will automatically be deemed a member by the respective Executive Council and be entitled to vote in their State, Regional and Federal Party meetings.
i. The Federal Executive Council may amend the terms and conditions of Party membership;
ii. Membership of the party is granted for life, until such time that the member notifies the Party that it wishes to de-register as a member;
iii. A member of the party must pay to the Federal party an annual or bi-annual membership fee as determined from time to time by the Federal Executive Council;
iv. The Secretary shall keep all membership records and be responsible for reminder notes;
v. Only Executive Council members and the relevant staff have the right to look at and use membership lists;
vi. The Federal Executive Council may apportion the funds from membership fees to the various tiers of the party as they see fit;
C. Member conduct.
Members will conduct themselves in a manner that brings credit to the Party. All members must judge fellow human beings based upon their character, their views and opinions, not based on their race or ethnicity. Racism will not be tolerated. Members are encouraged to promote the Party and its policies in a positive light whenever occasion presents itself. Members will abide by the ASP network website usage rules and conduct.
A member may, at the discretion of the Executive Council, be expelled from the Party in the event that one or more of the following has been brought to their attention. The member has either:
i. Committed a criminal offence;
ii. Displayed conduct that puts the Party in disrepute as per section C. (Member conduct);
iii. Displayed public adherence to principles in opposition to the Party’s principles;
iv. Be seen to be undermining the Party’s objectives and policies to the advantage of another political party.
Once the Executive Council decides a person is expelled and has informed them in writing or by email (stating one or more of the above reasons), the former member has no entitlement to membership refunds or records of members or any other party privileges they may have previously had.
An expelled member can only appeal to the Federal Executive Council in writing within 7 days of the Expulsion date.
Should an appeal letter be received within 7 days by the Executive Council, the Council has 30 days to appoint three persons from within the party to hear the appellant’s case and reconsider the matter. After the Appeal hearing, the Council has another 30 days to notify the Appellant of their decision on the matter. After this the matter is closed.
The Chair (the role of which is to be assumed by the President, or any member of the quorum as defined below that the President appoints in the event that the President is unable to attend or conduct the meeting) shall decide when meetings (via email or otherwise) shall begin and end.
All motions will need a seconder before a vote is conducted.
Motions of no confidence (as specified in Article IV; Deciding Party Policy; Powers) will not be carried.
In order to conduct binding business, the State, Regional or Federal meeting must have a quorum in attendance (defined as the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) from their respective committees.
B. State or Regional Division capacity.
Should a State or Regional Division membership fall below 100 members, it will revert back to being run by the Federal Party/ Executive.
C. Notice of Meetings.
All meetings shall be conducted by email, except Executive Council meetings which can be conducted via a conference call (i.e., Skype) or in physical attendance, and a State/Region or Federal Conference if ever deemed necessary by the Executive Council. In such cases 2 weeks’ notice is required as a minimum.
No business may be considered at a State, Regional or Federal Party Convention unless properly noticed by inclusion in the agenda (publicised at least 4 weeks prior), except if a majority of the members in attendance vote to add an item to the agenda.
The Chair of any meeting of a party unit may cast a deciding vote to resolve any voting deadlock.
STATE & FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES
The State, Regional and Federal Executive Councils shall comprise of the office holders and any extra positions deemed necessary by the membership.
B. Executive Council Membership size.
State, Regional and Federal Executive Council size can be increased at any meeting provided a majority of voting members vote for the increase.
In order to conduct binding business, the State, Regional, and Federal Executive Council must have a quorum in attendance, defined as a majority of voting members of the Executive Council.
The Executive Council shall decide how often it needs to meet by whichever means. The Secretary shall keep a record of all decisions by the Executive Council. These decisions must be publicised to its members within 4 weeks.
An Executive Council may appoint as many staff, and an auditor, as the Executive Council believes is necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the party.
The Party may employ staff on short (but easily renewable) contracts.
Winding up Assets
Should the party assets be wound up and all debts paid, then the Executive Council shall determine a “like-minded” group or party to which all the assets are given. No person or business shall be eligible to receive any assets at the winding up of the party.
An Executive Council may call for nominations for any committees deemed necessary by the Party membership or by that Executive Council.
PARTY BRANCHES and CANDIDATE SELECTION
Starting State Branches
Local Party Branches
The relevant Executive Council shall appoint one or more persons to submit for approval a budget for the next fiscal year each June for approval by that Executive Council.
The fiscal year for the Party shall run from 1 July through the next June 30.
The Federal Constitution and amendments shall be binding when approved by a 60% majority vote of the voting party members at a Federal Party email or convention meeting.
The Constitution may be amended by a State or Regional Party Division for that State or Regional Party Division to abide by with a 60% vote of the State or Regional Division members at a State or Regional Division email meeting or convention
If any portion of this Constitution is ever declared void, all other portions shall remain binding and effective.
CAUCUS AND ELECTED MEMBERS PROCEDURES
In the event that a Party candidate who is involved in a contest resigns, dies, or becomes incapacitated before the election, the second place candidate shall be designated as the Party candidate.
Upon election to a Parliamentary seat, successful Party candidates will be subject to party procedures later to be decided by the relevant State, Regional or Federal Executive Council or by future by-laws of the Party.
Interpreting the Constitution of the Party
When there is ambiguity in the Constitution, or the Constitution remains silent, the Federal Executive Council shall have the power to determine the rules of the constitution on all matters.
Dispute Resolution process
Disputes (other than policy debate) between members or officers within a Local Branch can be taken by the Branch Chairman to the State or Regional Executive Council.
Within 30 days of notification, the State or Regional Executive Council shall appoint three people from within the party to hear and decide the outcome. An outcome must be made within 30 days of the hearing being finalised.
Similarly, disputes in a State or Regional Executive Council can be taken by the State or Regional President to the Federal Executive Council.
Within 30 days of notification, the Federal Executive Council shall appoint three people from within the party to hear and decide the outcome. An outcome must be made within 30 days of the hearing being finalised.